AGENCIES, Kashmir: The Jammu and Kashmir administration said that only 2G mobile internet services will be available to residents till April 3 amid calls for restoration of high-speed 4G internet in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
In an order issued on Thursday, Principal Secretary of Home Department Shaleen Kabra said the internet speed on mobile phones will be restricted to 2G only.
“Postpaid SIM card holders shall be provided with access to the internet,” the order read. “However, such access shall not be made available on prepaid SIM cards unless verified as per the norms applicable for postpaid connections.”
Several political parties, including the National Conference, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Congress, have called for the restoration of 4G mobile internet services in Jammu and Kashmir to help people deal with the emergency situation created by the coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier this month, Jammu and Kashmir administration had decided to lift the ban put on access to social media sites that was in place for over seven months since the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5 last year.